Sunday, January 29, 2012

Chipping Away at the Clutter

It is crazy how clutter can control our lives.  Sometimes you don't even realize how much clutter you have until you really start going through it.  Do I really need to keep every coloring page my child has done since the age of one?  Do I need to keep that outdated toothpaste?  Do I HAVE to keep those three pairs of shoes that I think are absolutely cute, but since having a child my feet have gotten fat, and they don't really fit, but I'm still keeping them in hopes of my feet magically shrink and I'll still want to wear three inch heels?  Nope.  Nope.  Nope.

One of my New Year's Goals is to "get rid of 300 pounds of clutter."  I took this on as a challenge.  Everyday items that would normally be tossed (or recycled) would not count.  This had to be 300 pounds of items currently in my home.
In this first month I was able to rid myself of 199.2 pounds!  That was the easy stuff.  Those were the items that I didn't really have to think about.  I knew they had to go.  That included: seven pairs of shoes, a handful of kitchen items, expired toiletries, broken hampers, dried out markers (that I swore I could eke out just a bit more), craft paints, office supplies, purses, small toys, old hats and coats, board games, magazines, stuffed animals, cookbooks, teaching supplies, and old college text books.  Most of the items were everyday items that didn't take me more than a few minutes to think about.

In one month, I have almost reached my goal.  Now comes the harder part.  Now I have to go through things that I have been putting off...those little piles that keep getting piled to the side.  This will include movies that I have never watched, books that have just been sitting on the shelf for the last seven years, and clothes that I have been keeping for that elusive "when I lose more weight."  Yeah, that's a goal, but let's be honest...those clothes are not in style now and won't be when I've lost the weight.  They've "gots to go."

Monday, January 23, 2012

One Would Think...

One would think that not having a job (and having the child in full time day care) that I would be able to get things done.  Perhaps, be more productive.  NOPE!  I feel like I am trying so hard to just keep my head above the water.  It is hard out there to find work.  Well, work that will fit with the schedule I currently have (no nights) and will actually interview me despite being "overly qualified."  I will take it!  With all of this free time you would think that I could:
-write a post here more often than I have
-keep the living room clean
-make sure the laundry isn't flowing from the baskets
-have dinner ready for the family, without scrambling
-finish all of those left over projects I've been wanting to work on (vacation scrapbooks, book ideas, singing even!)
-go to the gym!!!

Sometimes too much time on your hands can actually be rather daunting.   

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quest for 300 Pounds

I am on a quest to rid my house of 300 pounds of clutter.  It is one of my many New Year's Goals for 2012.  I feel like I have done a good job so far, especially considering the fact that it is only a few days in to 2012.  One way I am getting rid of the clutter is by going through a stack of magazines that my mom saved for me.  I LOVE Woman's World Magazine.  It has great recipes, fun crafts, cute pictures, a few good articles in each magazine, and crossword puzzles that I can actually finish!  As I was going through this newest patch of magazines I found two articles about clutter. 

Article #1
The first one talks about the items that you hold on to.  Holding on to old items makes you a "sentimentalist."  Magazines, recipes, etc. makes you an "information hound."  Vintage items, toys, records, old books...that makes you a "collector."  And the last one was for the person who has a little bit of everything in case of an emergency.  That one makes you a "saver."  As I read each personality description, I felt like they could all belong to me.  Their cure...find periodical files for those magazines and create a gallery for your collectibles.  I don't think that really helps the situation.  You still have all of this "stuff" now it is just organized a bit better. 

Article #2
This article actually helps you move out the clutter.  Can't get rid of that vase your grandma gave to you because you would feel guilty even though it isn't your style?  Give it someone else.  Share the joy of the gift by giving it to someone that will actually appreciate it. 

Think that Barbie will be worth anything?  Check out eBay to see how much it is really going for.  Chances are if the market is flooded right now with that won't change.  Get rid of it now. 

Have an item that means so much to you (like the boxes of artwork I have of my little boy's first year in daycare)?  Take a photo of that item or scan it in to your computer!  You will still be able to look at it but now you don't have to worry about it taking up that extra space.

They hit a few other suggestions, but the last one I really liked was the "but I might need it someday!"  They suggest putting it in a box and writing a date on it.  If you haven't opened that box in six months toss it out.  I seem to keep those pants in the back of my closet...just in case I lose those 30 pounds.  Well you know what, if I lose 30 pounds I want to celebrate by buying new clothes! 

Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of the clutter?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Review

Well folks, it is my last product review for the Holiday VoxBox.  This last one is about the Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off.  You can learn more about this product and the many other products that Montagne Jeunesse has by checking out their website here or scrolling to the bottom of this post.
An assortment of products!

I was given the Passion Peel Off.  I REALLY wanted to like this mask.  I loved the smell and it honestly reminded me of the Fruit by the Foot snack that was around when I was a child.  Ahh, memories. 
So, I followed the directions on the package:  clean, apply, relax, and peel.  I followed the directions and when I started to peel the mask off I yelped in pain!  I continued peeling the mask off (well, I had to because I certainly wasn't going to leave it on my face forever) and every time I peeled a section off it seemed to hurt more and more.  My skin was red and irritated and the tingly sensation I'm sure was due to the burning of my skin rather than a clean sensation. 
**Updated 01/02
So I wanted to give my mask one more shot. I was given two free samples and I didn't want one negative interaction with this particular mask (Passion Peel Off) be the deciding factor. So, last night I tried it again. I did a lighter coat this time; hoping that a thinner layer would help with the whole "peeling my skin off thing." Well, it didn't hurt AS much, but it was still painful. Now, since I used a smaller amount I had a harder time peeling the mask off. Thirty minutes later I still kept finding pieces that I had missed. Sorry Passion Peel Off mask, you just aren't the one for me.

I am not against trying another product from this company.  The mud masks sound interesting, but the peel off was not for me and my sensitive skin.  Did you try the product and love it?  Let me know.

Fun, pampering beauty treats

Whether you enjoy looking after your skin, being pampered, or indulging in some me-time, be it alone or with friends, you will absolutely enjoy one of these ‘Life Little Pleasures’… With a huge array to choose from, our face masques are packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious fragrances. Suitable for all different skin types, there is one to suit every mood and everybody!

Montagne Jeunesse beauty treats are free of parabens, vegetarian approved and never tested on animals. So treat yourself today to a masque that will hydrate, nourish and leave your skin cleansed, smooth and glowing. Available at ULTA Beauty, Walgreen’s, Claire’s, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacies and other retailers across the US, these masques are available in a variety of succulent flavours, including:

*Cucumber Peel Off
*Passion Peel Off
*Dead Sea Mud
*Fruit Smoothie
*Strawberry Souffle
*Chocolate Mud
*And many more!

*PS. I received this item complimentary via Influenster and their VoxBox program.

NYC New York Color Review

So I'm almost finished with my product reviews from my Influenster Holiday VoxBox.  Don't forget, you can log on to Influenster to find out how you can qualify to receive items yourself!

This review is about the NYC New York Color lip gloss.  Click here to check out their site AND scroll to the bottom of this post to check out more information about their products. 

I was given the shade Nude York City (btw...don't actually type in Nude York City in to a search engine).  Anyway, this was a great nude lip gloss.  Just a hint of color, smooth to apply, no stickiness, and a nice warm scent.  Each lip gloss even has a vitamin E formula for a moisturizing feeling. 

Ta-da!  Lip gloss on.
Another great thing about these products is the low price.  I remember when I first started wearing makeup, the low price makeup was terrible.  I'm sure you know what brand I'm talking about!  It was waxy, had minimal color choices, and it just didn't work well.  New York Color is NOTHING like that.  It has a great variety of colors and it looks great. 

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine

Straight from the city that never sleeps, NYC New York Color offers products with uptown style at down-to-earth prices, from $.99 - $4.99. The energy, style and color of New York City shines through the wide range of shades, textures and innovative products. NYC always delivers the most on-trend products & shades hot off the runway!

A beauty-editor favorite is Liquid Lipshine ($2.49). It has pure pigments that created a 3-D gloss effect. Vitamin E provides shine and a moisturizing feel. The formula is non-sticky, super shiny & soft. Available in 10 on-trend shades from neutral nudes, to berries & fuchsias. Start shopping for NYC at these stores nearest you: Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Family Dollar, Duane Reade, Kmart, HEB, and others. Visit to check out all shades and fun products from New York Color!

*PS. I received this item complimentary via Influenster and their VoxBox program.